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Mariners WBC Coverage: Pools C-D Thursday, March 12, 2009

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With only one game pending (Mexico vs. Cuba this evening) in the first round of the World Baseball Classic, all the teams with Mariner players on their roster have now finished play.  Continuing where we left off with Pools A & B:

United States 6, Canada 5, Pool C Game 1:

In a closely fought game where former Mariner J.J. Putz almost lost the game in the top of the ninth for the U. S., new Mariner draftee Phillipe Aumont pitched well in relief surrendering 2 hits and a walk but striking out two in one inning of work.

Venezuela 7, Italy 0, Pool C Game 2:

While Mariner minor leaguer Alex Liddi didn’t get to play for Italy in this first game mismatch, Venezuela was well represented with Seattle elite.  New outfielder Endy Chavez went 2 for 5 with a run scored batting leadoff while Jose Lopez went an incredible 3 for 3 with 2 runs scored to lead a power-packed offense.  Mariner pitchers Felix Hernandez and Carlos Silva split an impressive 8 innings evenly, neither surrendering any runs and Felix giving up only a single hit.

United States 15, Venezuela 6, Pool C Game 3:

Less Mariners involved indicated a big loss for Venezuela in more ways than one as the United States’ 8 run 6th inning put this game away.  Only Lopez played in this game, and he managed to have another stellar day at the plate going 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored to leave his average at an incredible .857 two days in a row.

Italy 6, Canada 2, Pool C Game 4:

Aumont sat this one out to watch his country knocked out of the double elimination tournament by a scrappy Italian squad.  At least Aumont’s loss came off the back of another Mariner teammate.  Liddi started at 3B and showed why he should have started in Italy’s first game, batting .500 and knocking in 2 runs, not to mention scoring once himself.

Venezuela 10, Italy 1, Pool C Game 5:

Venezuela socked it to Italy one more time, even with Liddi getting another start but managing just a single hit.  It came down to offense one more time for Venezuela with both Chavez and Lopez having incredible games once again.  Chavez had 2 doubles and a single, knocking in 2 runs in the process.  Lopez shined once again, having just one hit but knocking it out of the park with a man on base.  He also managed to score after drawing a walk in a game that featured a lot of weak Italian pitching performances.

Venezuela 5, United States 3, Pool C Game 6

Most of the Venezuelan squad was put on the field in a game that would see both teams move into the next round.  Of course, that meant little Mariner action except when Chavez was able to pinch run and score in the 6th inning and even manage a hit in his next at bat to raise his average in the first round to a remarkable .600.  Felix, Silva and Lopez all cheered from the dugout for this one.

Netherlands 3, Dominican Republic 2, Pool D Game 1:

With a couple errors and a bizarre, 3-run first inning, the Dutch pulled off a surprising upset of a packed DR roster.  Unfortunately, Mariner Greg Halman played dismally, striking out four times in four at bats.

Puerto Rico 7, Panama 0, Pool D Game 2:

Dominican Republic 9, Panama 0, Pool D Game 3:

Panama didn’t exactly shine in their only two games of the tournament, managing 11 hits and 4 errors.  Fortunately, Mariner Manuel Campos was nowhere to be seen.

Puerto Rico 3, Netherlands 1, Pool D Game 4:

Halman got another start and another chance to bat cleanup, this time managing a double the led him to score the only run for the Dutch.  He only struck out twice in this game, but left 3 more men stranded to lead his team again in men left on base.

Netherlands 2, Dominican Republic 1, Pool D Game 5:

To get beaten the the Dutch is one thing, but to be eliminated is quite another feat.  The Netherlands pulled off a crushing defeat of the DR in the bottom of the 11th.  Halman struck out as a pinch hitter in his only at bat late in the game.

Puerto Rico 5, Netherlands 0, Pool D Game 6:

PR and the Dutch will get to play another day, but Halman seems to have lost his starting role for the team.  He didn’t play in yesterday’s Round One Final.

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